Happy Wednesday Saints.
Along with being hard pressed on every side and being unsure about what was going on, the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:9 that they were also “PERSECUTED, BUT NOT ABANDONED; STRUCK DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED.”
The early church was persecuted for believing in Christ and preaching the Gospel. Believers were often beaten, stoned, and imprisoned for doing the Lord’s work.
Have you ever been misunderstood and mistreated for doing the right thing?
2 Timothy 3:12 says “IN FACT, EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO LIVE A GODLY LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS WILL BE PERSECUTED.”
Jesus said in Matthew 5:10 “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED BECAUSE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.”
It doesn’t matter what others say or think about you when you’re obeying the Lord.
Your obedience may not be understood or appreciated by others, but the Lord sees your heart and He recognizes all that you’ve done for His Name’s sake.
If there’s one thing you can count on while others are persecuting you for doing what’s right, it’s that you are “NOT ABANDONED.”
You are not alone. Psalm 46:1 says that “GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH, A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE.”
The Lord is close at hand. He is very ready to help you and give you the strength that you need to withstand any persecution.
No matter what you may encounter for standing up and doing the right thing, always remember – GOD IS WITH YOU!
Have a great day in His presence. God bless and lots’a love, Warren